All I want for Christmas is peace on earth. Peace comes when people are free; free to live their lives as they desire. We Americans are blessed to live in a nation governed by a constitution that protects our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Although written in 1787, our Constitution is still of vital importance as America builds for the future. It is based on moral principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence and remains the basis for who we are and how we govern.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

For more than 226 years our Founding Fathers’ vision has endured. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution have remained intact through wars, social strife and political scandal. People have lost their life to protect and defend freedom and still people from all over the world are drawn to America seeking freedom, liberty and their pursuit of happiness.

In spite of America being the standard bearer of freedom and liberty, as our country grows and times change, struggles over the future of America become more contentious. Attacks on our Constitution are at the center of political debate and differences.

A prime example is President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. This sweeping legislation requires every American to have health insurance, and puts government in charge of your health care, not you or your doctor.

The most disturbing aspect of Obamacare is that it has abolished the sanctity of life. And, the individual, the individual whose life, liberty and pursuit of happiness the Constitution protects, is no more. Health care in America is now about the good of the group. A government bureaucrat will determine by identification numbers (not names, not doctor recommendations) and budgets who gets what health care and when.

This dramatic move away from individual liberty to the good of the group puts us on a slippery slope toward centralized governing which violates the constitution and our representative form of government.

So my friends, it is up to us to carry on the legacy of defending and protecting our unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that only our Constitution can secure. As our Constitution lives, so does the hope of freedom and peace for people worldwide.

Merry Christmas and peace to all!

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